AVCA: Who or what has made you want to pursue coaching?
Kaylee Fifer: I have been around and/or playing volleyball my entire life, so pursuing a career where I get to be around the sport I love and competition only seems natural. And in entering into this part of my life, where I need to start finding my niche, being in such an atmosphere greatly appeals to my future goals and aspirations.
AVCA: Who or what has been your biggest coaching influence?
KF: One of my biggest coaching influences would have to Ruth Nelson. From the way she interacts with her players, coaches teams, runs drills, to growing a player's volleyball I.Q., is what I imagine every coach should strive to do. To teach skill is one thing, but to go beyond that and show your love for the game through the way you help others grow is another. So I can confidently say that Ruth has been a huge influence into how I approach and understand the game of volleyball.
AVCA: Please list your past and present coaching/playing experiences:
- Colgate University 2009-2013
- John H. Guyer High School 2006-2009
AVCA: What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention?
KF: Meeting other coaches and hearing about the game from their perspectives. Gaining multiple ways of approaching the game and coaching players is vital to becoming a successful coach, not only in the wins/losses, but also for life in general. I am also excited to hear about different experiences of coaches and what I can look forward to as I pursue my own career.